Adult coloring books are on the trend right now! You can’t go through a checkout line without seeing them on the magazine stands. At first, I laughed ─ but now, they seem even more popular! I remember I used to enjoy coloring! But as an adult, would it be the same? Could it? What are the benefits of adult coloring? My wondering has brought me to look into this . . . And this is what I’ve found!
Creative activity is good for your mental state of mind!
Yep, it seems to be so! According to the American Art Therapy Association, people use art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork to foster self-awareness, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, explore their feelings, manage addictions and behavior, reconcile emotional conflicts, develop social skills and improve reality orientation. The good thing about art therapy is that it is not only an excellent tool to improve yourself, but it also allows you to express yourself!
Coloring is an alternative type of meditation ─ A natural stress and pain reliever!
As it turns out, while you are focusing on coloring, it puts you into a natural state of meditation. This is when you take your mind off of everything else and focus on, well nothing! Yes, you are attuning into your coloring ability and artwork, but your mind is at ease, and you can forget about your daily stresses. This also is beneficial for people who suffer from illness or pain. It’s a way to take your focus away from your problems, and focus and something that is enjoyable. Have you often wondered why some people enjoy knitting? This is kind of the same thing! Take a look at this study performed by the United States National Library of Medicine!
Adult coloring aids in focus and creativity!
Adult coloring is becoming a favorite pastime for adult professionals of high-stressed jobs and those who have creative-types of jobs. It seems that even a short session of daily coloring can spur creativity and improve focus! Lots of companies are making time for group coloring sessions and are reporting that their employees are happier, less stressed, more social and more focused!
Adult coloring has become a trending social activity!
In places such as clubs and libraries, adult coloring has become a planned social activity! I’ve seen coloring events posted as “Coloring and Wine”! It turns out that coloring is a great way to spend time with friends and family. It’s even a good way to spend quality time with your children. Plan a coloring-time, family activity once a week for some fun-filled, creative family time!
It’s an activity you can enjoy almost anywhere!
Pack up your coloring book and colored pencils and head out! This is an easy pastime to carry around with you! Take them along on an outdoor adventure, on a picnic or even to enjoy while relaxing in your back yard! Adding in the benefits of nature creates a peaceful environment and can do wonders for your state of mind!
How to find the best adult coloring books and get started!
After you find an adult coloring book suited to your taste, you will need either colored pencils or thin-tipped markers! You can find these online or at any arts and crafts store!
Robin and The ZEN Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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